These are the CPSC recalls issued between May 19, – May 25, 2010.
As a reminder:
In February 1996, CPSC issued guidelines(pdf) (which were incorporated into an industry voluntary standard in 1997) to help prevent children from strangling or getting entangled in the neck and waist drawstrings in upper garments, such as jackets or sweatshirts.
Be sure to check old hand-me-downs for this!
You can find even more detailed information on all recalled products mentioned below on CPSC.gov. All information below comes directly from the CPSC website.
Name of Product: Ameristep Plastic Strap-On Tree Step
Hazard: The plastic portion of the step can break, posing a fall hazard to the user.
Description: Product is a plastic tree step that attaches to a tree via a nylon strap and a large metal buckle. It is used to climb a tree in order to hunt from an elevated position. Models 105 and 155 both have either a 10/08 or 12/08 date code, which is stamped on the plastic portion of the step.
Sold at: The product was sold from December 2008 through November 2009 at various outdoor and sporting goods retailers nationwide as a 3-step package in model 105 or as a single step in model 155.
To learn more about this recall: http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml10/10236.html
Name of Product: General Electric®-branded 12-cup digital coffee makers
Hazard: The coffee maker can overheat, posing fire and burn hazards to consumers.
Description: This recall involves General Electric®-brand 12-cup coffee makers sold in white or black. The digital coffee maker has programmable functions and plastic housing. The GE logo is printed on the base of the coffee maker and the model number is printed on the bottom of the base. Model numbers included in the recall are: (listed on CPSC site)
Sold exclusively at: Walmart stores nationwide from March 2008 through January 2010 for about $30.
To learn more about this recall: http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml10/10238.html
Name of Product: Woven Storage Trunks
Hazard: The lid of the trunk can drop suddenly when released, posing a strangulation hazard to small children opening or reaching into the trunks.
Description: The recall involves 14 different models of the storage trunks made of woven rattan, abaca or banana leaf with standard hinges. They measure more than 1.1 feet in length, width and depth and are brown or natural color.
Sold exclusively at: Target stores nationwide and on the Web at www.target.com from February 2009 through April 2010 for between $50 and $130.
To see more on this recall: http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml10/10239.html
Name of Product: Lithium-Ion batteries used in Hewlett-Packard and Compaq notebook computers
Hazard: The recalled lithium-ion batteries can overheat, posing a fire and burn hazard to consumers.
Description: The recalled lithium-ion rechargeable batteries are used with various model series of HP and Compaq notebook computers. The chart below includes all notebook model numbers associated with batteries recalled to date. The computer model number is located at the top of the service label on the bottom of the notebook computer. Not all batteries matching the bar codes are being recalled. (Barcodes are listed on CPSC site.)
Sold at: Computer and electronics stores nationwide, hp.com and hpshopping.com from August 2007 through July 2008 for between $500 and $3,000. The battery packs were also sold separately for between $100 and $160.
To see more information on this recall: http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml10/10240.html
Name of Product: Utility sled tow hitch
Hazard: The screw(s) in the hitch can become loose and fall off due to vibrations when items are being towed, allowing the sled and hitch to detach from the towing vehicle. This poses an injury hazard to the user and bystanders.
Description: The tow hitch pivot is black metal and measures about 9.25 inches in length and 3.25 inches in diameter. The hitch is used in connection with the Pelican Snow Trek Utility sled. The hitch allows a Snow Trek sled to be connected to a snowmobile or other similar transportation device. Recalled models include: (see CPSC site)
Sold at: Paricon Inc., V.G. Grace and other regional distributors and sports retailers nationwide from January 2007 through December 2009 for about $50 if sold alone, and between $130 and $250 if sold with the sled.
To learn more about this recall: http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml10/10242.html